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Christine Duchrow and Art Pattern Knitting

Little is known about knitting designer Christine Duchrow, but in all, she produced about 100 leaflets between 1920 and 1940.

How to Store (Most) Textiles Safely: Part 2

Cleaning textiles is important before storing them—but only if it can be done safely.

Timeless Tools: Thimbles

Thimbles are highly prized by collectors and stitchers alike and loved for their practicality, beauty, and infinite variety.

Speaking Up in Public While Female: Suffragettes in Britain

On August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment became law, and American women received universal suffrage. British women would not receive universal suffrage until July 2, 1928, when the Equal Franchise Act became law.

The Firebird: Magical Protagonist of Russian Fairy Tales

Russian fairy tales feature a magical glowing bird from a faraway land, the Firebird.

The Magic of Seven: At What Age Did You Learn to Craft?

Historically, and often out of necessity, children were taught to spin, knit, weave, and do other forms of needlework at a young age. How old were you when you first took needle and yarn in hand?

Long Thread Podcast Episode 8: Keith Recker, True Colors

From Bloomingdale's to the International Folk Art Market (with stops on 5 continents), Keith Recker keeps following his passion for color.

Carrying and Protecting Little Ones: Native American Cradleboards

Busy parents around the globe have found different ways to keep babies protected—physically and spiritually. Read about the stunning cradleboards that were created in several native North American traditions to swaddle and secure.

Of Buttons, Buttonholes, and Samplers

Buttonhole samplers don’t contain the elegant scenes, alphabets, and pious poetry, but a young woman preparing for a job as a domestic servant or seamstress could use a buttonhole sampler to demonstrate her sewing abilities.

Berlin Wool: Fine Fiber from an Innovative Age

Berlin wool was famous for its clear, bright shades, pure whites, and delicate pastels. The vibrancy of color was imparted to the yarn by newly developed synthetic aniline dyes.